The smartwatch world is hotting up as we approach the business end of 2020, and there's set to be so many new devices on the market, choosing will be incredibly difficult.
What's left for the remainder of 2020 is some seriously potent looking budget smartwatches.
Xiaomi has entered the market, and is putting on a sub-$100 smartwatch show, along with Mobvoi and Amazfit.
That's going to put pressure on the traditional smartwatch companies ‚Äď especially the likes of Fossil, which we anticipate might also be prepping new watches too.
Here's what we're expecting from the rest of 2020.
New smartwatches we've reviewed 2020
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch SE
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
- Fitbit Sense
- Fitbit Versa 3
- Huawei Watch GT 2e
- Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro
- Huawei Watch Fit
- Oppo Watch (41mm)
- Amazfit T-Rex
- Amazfit GTS
- Amazfit GTS 2
- Amazfit GTR2
- Realme Watch
- Suunto 7
- Skagen Falster 3
- Tag Heuer Connected 2020
- Michael Kors Access Brandshaw 2
- Fitbit Charge 4
- Ticwatch Pro 2020
- TicWatch Pro 3 with Snapdragon 4100
- Casio G-Shock Move GBD-H1000
- Zepp E
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ETA: Globally 'Soon' / China - November
The Mi Watch Color Sports Edition, which is due to launch globally after it goes live in China in Novemer, weighs in at 32.5g and boasts a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, with a 454 x 454 resolution.
It‚Äôs packed with sensors too. Heart rate, GPS and blood oxygen join 117 exercise profiles.
It uses a custom OS not the MIUI operating system, which was based on Wear OS. That means less chance of usable third party apps, but you are getting a 16 day battery life.
ETA: Now / November 2020
The Amazfit GTS and GTR impressed with strong spec sheets, good hardware and an open ecosystem, and the Huami-owned company has just announced global launch plans: The GTR 2 launches on 30 October priced from $179 and the Amazfit GTS 2 launches on 1 November in the US, 15 November in the UK and costs the same as the GTR 2 .
The square GTS 2 offers a 1.65-inch AMOLED punched up to 450nit.
The round-faced GTR 2 also gets a serious overhaul, with a much-shrunk bezel and thinner, sleeker build. It has a 1.39-inch AMOLED screen.
Both devices can now receive calls from the wrist ‚Äď and also get a boost in health tracking too.
They use Huami‚Äôs BioTracker PPG sensor including nightly SpO2 tracking in the form of Huami's OxygenBeats Somnuscare sleep engine.
Both devices include GPS and GLONASS, 12 sport tracking modes and 5ATM water resistance.
There's no release date outside China, but we're expecting to hear more in the next month.
Oppo Watch 46mm
ETA: November (Delayed)
The Oppo Watch is now officially available outside of China, but there have been changes. Yes, it still looks just like the Apple Watch Series 5, and it's available in two sizes.
There are 46mm and 41mm, which feature (enormous) 1.91-inch and 1.6-inch AMOLED displays. That's thanks to the curved glass, which allows for more screen real-estate than equivalently sized rivals.
We've already reviewed the Oppo Watch 41mm, but we feel the much more powerful 46mm is still of interest, which was due to land in October but has been delayed.
Wear OS is the operating system on board, which means access to third party apps. But the move to Wear OS hasn't negatively impacted battery life.
The Oppo Watch manages two day battery life (better than most Wear OS devices and the Apple Watch), and brings some clever power management.
A power saver mode extends battery life to 21 days, and it can still carry on with basic fitness tracking. What's more, you can fast charge and get 16 hours of juice in just 15 minutes. Impressive stuff.
But there's also an availability issue.
Oppo isn't launching its smartwatch in the US ‚Äď although we're sure it will arrive via resellers. Therefore we don't have a US price, but in the UK the 46mm LTE version will be ¬£329 ($400ish) ‚Äď so it's not cheap. The 41mm is ¬£229 ($300-ish).
There's also been an OPPO Watch ECG launched in China - but we can't see that getting a wider release anytime soon.
The Realme Watch S appears to be a variation of the Watch S Pro that Realme teased back at IFA 2020. It will come packing a 1.3-inch touchscreen display, heart rate monitor and an SpO2 sensor.
The watch will have 16 sports modes, a 15-day battery life and will come with black, green, blue and orange band options.
It also packed heart rate and SpO2 sensors, and offered 14 sports modes with a 7-9 day battery life.
The Mi Watch Lite looks all set to be an even more affordable addition to the Mi family.
Details of the the Lite were discovered in an FCC certification listing, which not only gave us a first look at the design, but also offered some of the specs it'll come packing.
Images in the listing reveal that it will be a square option like the first Mi Watch, with a silicone band and one physical button tucked up in the top right hand corner of the case.
It also appears to be showing off a watch face that looks a lot like one of the Nike ones you would find on a Nike edition Apple Watch.
The Mi Watch Lite is purported to have a 1.4-inch HD touchscreen display, built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor for continuous monitoring, and multiple sports modes.
It's also stated that it will work with both Android phones and iPhones, and will come packing a 230mAh capacity battery.
ETA: On sale outside US now / US TBC
The Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2 is available to order now for an eye-popping ¬£599 (US pricing still TBC).
As per the GT 2 Pro it boasts a sapphire glass display, titanium casing and a ceramic back. Where it differs, slightly, is that it features a quick fit adjustable titanium link strap, which has been polished with a rigorous sandblasting process for that matte finish.
On the smartwatch front you'll get an impressive two-week long battery life, fitness tracking from more than 100 workout modes, Huawei TruSeen 4.0+ heart rate monitoring technology and comprehensive health monitoring; think stress levels, sleep quality and SpO2 levels.
Alpina X Alive smartwatch
ETA: Now (Switzerland) / TBC global
Following on from the AlpinaX, the 45mm AlpinaX Alive brings an impressive array of sport features to the Swiss watch format.
However, Alpina is not messing around when it comes to the sports tech inside its latest smartwatch.
Somewhat uniquely for a hybrid, the AlpinaX Alive packs in GPS ‚Äď and there's a Philips heart rate sensor underneath too. That's also backed up by a host of advanced sport features, including sleep tracking, breathing reminders, and fitness coaching too.
In addition to the tracking of sleep cycles, there‚Äôs also a smart alarm feature that uses a pre-set window to try and wake you in a light sleep phase rather than deep sleep.
The Alpina X Alive has sport profiles for tracking, running, swimming, yoga, walk, Nordic walking, treadmill and cycling. And it will report reporting VO2 Max ‚Äď showing that Alpina is really focusing on the performance sport audience.
There's a small touchscreen embedded into the watch face, to supplement the physical hands, which shows time and date, timers, battery percentage, heart rate, step count, alarms, notifications and hydration reminders.
There are two finishes ‚Äď a blue fiberglass case and polished stainless steel, which retail for around $1,030 when it hits the US. It's listed now on the Alpina site for 50% early bird deals, but to Switzerland only.
Alpina is talking up its online configurator too, which enables you to customise the colour of things like the dials, hands and straps.
Montblanc Summit 2 Plus
The Montblanc Summit 2+ also got a surprise release ‚Äď and it's a halfway house between minor update and a full blown new device. The main added feature is LTE - but pretty much all aspects of the Summit 2 have been upgraded.
It's still running Wear OS, the AMOLED display is bigger; 1.28-inch as opposed to 1.19-inch. The Wear 3100 chip is backed up with 1GB of RAM ‚Äď and the battery has been upgraded from 340mAh battery to 440mAh.
There is a gold and pink version amongst the four different new designs on offer (black diamond-like carbon steel, stainless steel and bronze steel and green, as well) so it's clear the Swiss company doesn't want to count female wrists out of its target audience completely though.
The Montblanc Summit 2 Plus was supposed to go on sale in April, though it's still not available through its website. Pricing in the US is $1,170. It will be offered in partnership with Verizon in the US and Vodafone in the UK.
ETA outside China: TBC
A surprise new addition to the Amazfit range, the Amazfit Ares is a tough outdoor-friendly sports watch, with a big spec sheet and sub-$100 price tag.
It's already available in China at just CNY499 ‚Äď which is about $70, so we're confident it will stay on the right side of $100 when it hits Western shores.
It boasts a 1.28-inch, 206 x 640 display, and 5ATM water resistance, with 70 sports tracking profiles including running, cycling, swimming and, curiously, dance.
There‚Äôs a heart rate sensor, as you‚Äôd imagine ‚Äď and sports analysis goes a step further than the Amazfit T-Rex. It uses the PAI score to rate your weekly activity and ensure you‚Äôre getting your full quota of exercise, at elevated heart rates.
Firstbeat has chipped in with its VO2 Max and heart rate variability metrics too, such as Recovery Time, Training Load and Training Effect, which means it can be compared to Garmin watches in terms of sports stats.
Battery life looks to be around 14 days with 20 hours of GPS tracking - and after the Amazfit T-Rex and Amazfit GTS both reviewed well with our experts, this is certainly a budget option to watch.
Read our full Amazfit Ares guide.
We have to say the Amazfit X excites us a bit ‚Äď not because we believe it will be a groundbreaking device ‚Äď but we're excited to see how powerful this crowdfunding one-shot can be.
Bringing advanced smartwatch and wellness smarts into a cuff-like band, the Amazfit X features a 2.07-inch curved AMOLED display, with a totally button free design, that makes use of the generous touchscreen. It has a super bright 400nit screen with a 206 x 640 resolution, and takes a 22mm strap.
It‚Äôs no slouch in terms of heart rate tracking either, with an optical sensor which also features an SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen tracking. That‚Äôs backed up by GPS with GLONASS support for outdoor workout tracking. The Amazfit X has 9 profiles for sports tracking, from running and cycling to open water swimming and treadmill tracking.
Amazfit knows this won't be for everyone, so it's gone to Indiegogo rather than selling through online stores. It's more about demonstrating the engineering power of Huami, which should be scaring the likes of Fitbit and Garmin with its powerful devices and incredible prices.
It raised well over $1 million and is tipped to ship a month later than originally stated before it also jump up to a full retail price of $329.
It might be worth that to get hold of a true wearable curiosity. Read our full Amazfit X story.
Timex Metropolitan R
Timex has teamed up with Amazfit for a new range of full-screen smartwatches, and the Timex Metropolitan R looks the pick of the bunch so far.
We've not got hands on with the device yet, but from what we can tell it's a rebadged (or very close to it) Amazfit GTR with a dose of extra style on top. And that's absolutely fine.
We rated the Amazfit GTR in our review, and there's a lot to like about the company's smartwatches. Giving it a makeover, with a gunmetal finish and leather/silicone combo strap is a more than welcome upgrade.
It comes with a 42mm case, so it's pretty slim on the wrist, and you get 12 days of battery life. There's GPS, heart rate and Amazfit's health tracking is pretty good, and it comes in a package that costs $179.99.
We'll need to put it through our full review before we can give it the same vote of confidence here as the GTR.
ETA: On sale now
Mobvoi has just launched the Ticwatch GTX, a new entry-level smartwatch which will cost just $59.99.
Mobvoi usually opts for Wear OS but the new Ticwatch GTX uses a custom OS. The downside of that is a lack of Wear OS apps, but you do get a 7 day battery life that rises to 10 days with power saving modes.
You get 14 fitness modes, including running, swimming and yoga. You get activity tracking and naturally there‚Äôs a heart rate monitor, but one sacrifice of the price is a lack of GPS chip.
It's entry level and while the design looks pretty smart, the large bulky case might not look so premium up close. But at that price, it's going to be a contender.
Keep your eyes peeled for our review.
Honor Watch GS Pro
ETA: On sale now
The Huawei sub-brand announced a new outdoor watch at IFA 2020, in the Honor Watch GS Pro.
Not to be confused with the new Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, the Honor Watch GS Pro is a rugged hiking and outdoors watch with 14 MIL-STD-810G military certifications.
The GS Pro offers 5ATM water resistance, and support for over 100 workout modes, and ski tracking has made it over from the latest Huawei smartwatch.
It offers 24/7 activity tracking including continuous heart rate monitoring powered using Huawei's TruSeen 3.5 sensor.
You can also track stress and use the onboard SpO2 sensor to track blood oxygen saturation levels during the day.
We'll be publishing our GS Pro review soon, stay tuned.
ETA: Available now
(Image: Fossil Group)
Unlike all of Diesel's previous offerings, the Fadelite is smaller - coming in a 43mm case - and features a transparent strap and translucent bezel in a choice of four colors.
The design makes it more appealing than any other Diesel Watch for both exercisers and those with small wrists, though the Wear OS experience is identical to what we've seen before; Google Pay, Google Assistant, heart rate tracking, customizable watch faces, music control and smartphone notifications are all here.
The smartwatch is currently available in the US priced at $275 and will cost ¬£249 when it launches in the UK - read our Diesel Fadelite piece for all the details.